Winter is knocking at the door, and tapping on your windows. Is your house prepared for the blistering cold wind and heavy snowfall? Hopefully you’ve run through the standard homeowner’s winterizing checklist: cleaning the gutters, trimming the hedges, inspecting your heating system, etc. But if you haven’t properly prepped your residential windows in Laramie, WY for the coming season, your home isn’t completely ready for the next few months.
Why get your windows ready for winter?
It seems like your work is never done as a homeowner. There’s always something that needs to be fixed, changed or replaced. Then the seasons change, so you’ve got to do a bunch of work to get ready for that. Some of the steps to prepare for a new season may seem kind of redundant at first. However, there’s a good reason for everything, and prepping your windows for winter is no exception.
It’s been said that as much as one third of the heat in your home escapes through your windows if they aren’t winterized! That won’t only make your home a bit chillier—paying extra for your heating bill in the winter will also make your wallet a bit lighter. Prepping your windows for the season might include taking a few of the following steps:
- Sealing the leaks: Even when your windows appear to be closed, there’s always space around the windowpane and the frame. Those small spaces are where 33 percent of the heat from your furnace can seep out this winter, and where the cold winter air from outside will come in. You can pick up window caulk and weatherstripping at any local hardware store. Caulk can be used to seal cracks less than one quarter of an inch around the frame where the wall and trim meet. Temporary caulk is also available if you’re hesitant to make a long term commitment to the caulk. Weatherstrips can be placed at the base of a windowpane by the sill to keep heat trapped in your home—where it should be!
- Installing window film: Plastic window films are also available at any hardware store. The film is usually sold in a large roll and can be cut to fit any size window. Once you stick the film on the window with double-sided tape, use a hair dryer to shrink the film to fit the window. The perfectly shrunk window film will create an airtight seal that’ll last for the whole winter.
- Hanging drapes: Finally, hanging thick drapes over your windows during the winter can do wonders to add one more layer of protection between the inside of your home and the cold elements outside. Plus, they come with the bonus of being aesthetically pleasing, as you can find attractive drapes to match any color scheme or overall look and feel.
Properly preparing your residential windows in Laramie, WY for the winter will save you quite a bit of money on your heating bill over the next few months. Call Cowboy Glass LLC today if you have any questions about getting your windows ready for winter.